German Pancakes, melt my heart!

This is a favorite around these parts!!!

 

1/4 cup of butter

1 cup almond or coconut flour

1 cup almond milk

6 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

dash of salt

dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400. Place butter in a 9×13 inch baking dish and place it in the oven so the butter melts.

Add flour, milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon to the eggs.  Mix well.  Pour on top of the melted butter and bake for 23 minutes.

I top these bad boys with natural maple syrup or my personal favorite.  Greek yogurt, coconut sugar and strawberries!

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Tzatziki at home!!!!

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If you have never had Tzatziki (tza-tzee-kee) then you really should.  If you’ve had it and don’t like it, then you’re really weird!!!  Back in the day when I was eating grains, we would go to Pita Jungle and pig out on Tzatziki and flat bread.  YUM!!  Now, that the flat bread isn’t an option, I never really thought of making it.  But let me tell you!!  I made some today and it was incredible!!  I was looking for something to substitute ranch dressing for my kids when I cam across tzatziki.  In case you didn’t know, ranch dressing may motivate kids to eat certain things, but it is not at all good for them!  I gave my kids some of this yummy stuff for dinner and wa-lah!  Downing carrots, snap peas and broccoli with no problem at all.  It is made primarily with greek yogurt which has LOADS of protein.  This could just replace my greek yogurt/honey binge that I go into when I’m craving chocolate.  Its super easy and super tasty, so try it and let me know what you think…

Combine the first ingredients in a bowl and whisk it up really well. 

1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 Tablespoon of vinegar

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/8 teaspoon of white pepper ( i only had regular pepper and it was fine)

 

Once the first ingredients are mixed add to the bowl:

1 cup of greek yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled, with seeds removed and grated (like with a cheese grater)

1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh dill ( i only had dried dill, but I’m sure the fresh stuff would be AMAZING)

 

Stir it all together until well mixed and you can’t see the oil anymore, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors come together.  One tip I could leave with you is that after you grate the cucumber you should sandwich it between a few paper towels to get the excess moisture out.   

Use it for a veggie or meat dip, or if you are a grains person, dip the flat bread in it or put it on gyros.  Let me know what you think!

Diet soda and a new challenge!

First.  Diet soda is bad for you.  Yes, you probably already know that, but why don’t you just give it up already?  I know it says zero calories, zero carbs which makes it basically the same as drinking water, right!?  WRONG.  Do you think any of those things on the list of ingredients is in any way beneficial to your health?  Now, I peeked in and did a little research on diet soda and here’s what I came up with.  If you really take a look at people who drink diet soda…they are usually overweight.  Why is this?  First off, just because it has fake sugar in it doesn’t mean that your body doesn’t process it like sugar.  If you are trying to “eat healthier” by incorporating the diet kind vs. the regular kind, you are fooling yourself.  Your brain still thinks its sugar.  Therefore, the other habits you are trying to form, like eating less sugar, are totally going to be hindered because your body can’t kick that sugar craving.  Also, there have been some recent studies linking diet soda to heart attack and stroke risks.  Not only that, but I hear so many people saying that if they don’t have their diet coke, they get headaches….hmmmm.  Did you ever stop to think that drinking it could be what’s causing your headaches, not deterring them?  So, not only is it keeping you overweight, causing your headaches, and putting loads of unwanted chemicals in your body…but come on!  It looks like poison in a cup and tastes metallic and burns going down!!  Those should be huge warning signs!  Give up that soda!  Get used to water!  Your body will thank you!!

Now on to more exciting news!!!!

The abs challenge has come to a close and I must say that I miss it.  Anyone else??  It was so much fun seeing everyone getting their sit ups on!  I noticed a huge change in my ab muscles (meaning now I can kinda actually see some under there)  and several of you mentioned how you were going to continue on.  Well, that challenge may be a little fresh in your mind still, but I think its time for a new one!  Would anyone be down for a push up challenge? I for one need to work on my push ups terribly. So what do you say?!?  Starting Monday, June 11th we are going to do 100 push ups a day for 10 days!!!  Yes, that’s 1000 push ups.  wooooo weeeee.